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The Rag Factory
16-18 Heneage St
E1 5LJ
020 7183 3048
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Aldgate East
The Rag Factory History

When the Rag Factory was first set up in February 2006, the objective was fairly simple: to provide affordable rehearsal space for people to use, because experience of working with actors had shown that many projects fell at the first hurdle for want of an affordable space in which to rehearse, let alone perform.

A lovely building that had previously been in use as artists' studios by two prominent Turner prize nominees was found, the doors were opened... and – hugely encouragingly! – people entered and started adopting the space for their own purposes.

'Supporting the creative fabric of London' – this was the strapline from the day the Rag Factory opened, and we're proud to say it applies as much today as it did then. The Rag Factory is not run to make a profit, it's run in such a way that it covers its costs and can be self-sustaining. This means we have to charge something, but it's not as much as many commercial operations might be charging.

How we support the people who come here depends on the individual or group concerned. For some, it's sufficient that we exist and provide affordable rehearsal space in a central location. For others, it's been about getting advice or having a sounding board, or even using the various props and furniture we have on site to create film and theatre sets, on-site or off. The important thing, as far as we're concerned, is that even people starting out in the different industries know that we won't think they're daft for asking a question. If we can help, we will, and have done ever since we started up. The difference, these days, is that we've also learnt a great deal from the process, and can share that increased knowledge with people if they wish.


The Rag Factory
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Aldgate East
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